After a slow first five months, I'm back to blogging in earnest. In the forthcoming few months I plan to keep on tracking the blooming of wildflowers, the activities of bugs and reptiles and any other critters I'm quick enough or lucky enough to photograph, and to comment on ecological relationships. Since there is an increasing sense of ecological crisis among many people and more vigorous denial of such on the part of others, I will inevitably comment on the social and political dimensions of survival as I see them.
I am still an adjunct instructor in the English Department at Feather River College, but time permitting, I am available for hire as a nature guide in the region in and around Plumas County. A brochure describing my usual kinds of natural history adventures is in development. Email me c/o email@example.com with your mailing address and a statement of interests, and I'll send you a rough draft.
I have been teaching since 1965 and have recently joined the English Department as an Associate Faculty member at Feather River College. Recently taught Nature Literature in America and am currently teaching Interpersonal Communication and Basic Reading and Writing.
On my recent hike to Boyle Ravine, only five minutes from my house, I was excited to find several invertebrates have woken up for the season: millipedes, cockroaches, various beetles, and termites. I posted photos of some of these bugs, but now I want to call attention to other attractions that may be found within a few hundred yards of the large water tank just above the entrance to the Boyle Ravine nature trail. Boyle Creek itself cascades beautifully through the forest, and the little waterfall pictured above is a site that's good for finding Wild Ginger, Leopard Lily, False Solomon's Seal (2nd photo above) among other flowers in season. Currently there are lots of Sticky Current blooming (bottom photo) and lots of Red Larkspur almost ready to bloom. Today I saw a few Scarlet Fritillary with buds, but no blooms. The mushrooms (3rd photo) growing under fallen logs always fascinate me as they grow outward from the undersides of the logs then immediately try to curve upward in defiance of gravity. This makes for interesting curves of stems seen when the logs are rolled over. Finally, the blooming Oregon Grape is plentiful all around.